Monday, 11 January 2016

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun is a movie that I recommend viewing at some time. I saw this movie a while ago and upon my first viewing, this movie humbled me. Empire of the Sun reminds me not to take my life style for granted, to be grateful for what I have. The movie is very emotional. Some say it's a story of the loosing of innocence. The movie was directed be Steven Spillburge and the soundtrack done by John Williams. When these to individuals come together to produce a work of art, you know it will more than likely be great.

I won't spoil anything, but I will tell you a rough outline of the movie. Empire of the Sun is set in the British part of Shanghai in the 1930s. The story revolves around a young English boy named Jamie. He is a spoilt brat from a rich family to begin with. His life would completely change however, when the armies of Imperial Japan invade Shanghai, resulting in this little boys life radically changing as he is separated from his wealthy, protective parents in all the chaos and confusion and thus must struggle to survive. This movie is based on a true story and does a good job at illustrating how life became difficult for the British and Chinese alike, and even the Japanese as their defeat at the atom bombs drew nearer and nearer. In a way, this movie taught me to be compassionate to all people, whether they are wealthy or poor and regardless or their ethnic background. This is because we are all humans with the same emotions and are vulnerable to suffering. (I feel I should mention that ethnicity has no place in the study of Zen/Chan/meditative path to enlightenment. Ethnicity only exists in the phenomenal realm which may also be known as the realm of perceived reality. This is an artificial place that creates politics that can result in war, a terrible by product in this realm.)

Empire of the Sun is a movie that I highly recommend. I have not been able to find the full movie online for free. I did find the trailer however. Take a look and see if it's a film that you might like to track down and see.

Empire of the Sun Official Trailer (1987) - Christian Bale, Steven Spielberg Movie HD


  1. Sounds interesting. When it is out free online I might check it out. I say might because I don't want to watch it due to what you said about it being too emotion. I don't want to get emotional, when I do from a movie or novel, it takes me weeks to get over it. I think I am emotionally unstable. :(

    But yeah I can see how that movie would make you more compassionate around others and be grateful for what you have.

    1. *Before you read the rest of this comment, please note that I found your comment very thought provoking. So much so that I think I went off topic a bit and much of what I said didn't need to be said. Please don't take the paragraph below too seriously. lol :)

      Empire of the Sun was made to evoke emotion from viewers, as are all forms of art created for entertainment. In my opinion, it is one of the more emotional movies I've seen, but it didn't make me cry or anything. It all depends of your individual threshold I suppose. I saw the movie 'Ong Bak' recently but couldn't finish it. To me the drugs and violence without a strong enough story to justify the violence became too much for me to handle because it had no substance, making Tony Jaa's impressive choreography meaningless in the context of the story. Wow, I think I've really gone off topic, but the point I'm trying to make is that we need to recognise our limits which I know you do well. I do recommend watching it because I enjoyed it, but your experience will be different and I completely get why you might turn it off. I tried to find Empire of the Sun online again but I only found it on web sights that want you to create accounts. If you want to see it, I'd go elsewere. Maybe to dvd rental stores.

    2. I didn't think you went off topic about your blog. I thought your writings linked. Well that's just my perspective.

      And that comment you made about going off topic with the 'Ong Bak' that had some link to the essence of what you were stating. Again it's my view so take it how you want. Your paragraph in response to my comment was awesome by the way

    3. Thanks man. I wasn't sure if what I said might have been interpreted in an unintended way. I'm glad it wasn't. Now that I reflect on it and read it with a clear head, I think I did stay true to the essence of the topic like you said.


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